What Am I Going to Do About Emily?

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This is Emily.  She was my bunny growing up, and one of two stuffed animals I've saved to pass on to the Kid.  

But Emily was always a very proper bunny.  She would be distressed, for instance, if I forgot to sit her upright in bed before leaving for school in the morning.  And that being the case for such a minor indignity, having the stuffing coming out of her head is, I'm sure, truly horrifying for her.

I pulled her out on New Year's Day to just consider her for a bit before I get to work remedying the situation.  I know she's going to undergo a gender and name change--from Emily to Edward in homage to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  And obviously with that will come a much needed set of new clothes.

But the part that keeps giving me pause is what procedure and material I should use to patch her head up?  Should I at least somewhat try to match and use muslin?  Or just embrace the fact that she's going to be patched and find some awesome plaid or print?  Should I just tack on the patches?  Or do I dare take her entire head apart?

If anyone had ever attempted anything like this before I'd love to hear about it.  I've set myself an Easter deadline, so I probably need to get started soon...but I'm just not sure where to.